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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 4, 2013 9:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Aoxomoxoa - Original mix - Where ?

When I compared the two mixes a while ago, I wrote:

The ’71 remix presented clearer, more organized and stripped-down mixes of the songs, with many incidental ‘studio bits’ mixed out so that the album, though less cluttered, now had less of an atmospheric ‘live in the studio’ feel. (It’s telling that the original album has no fadeouts, while most of the remixed songs fade early.) Some songs were changed more than others - Mountains of the Moon was now minus its choir and ending; China Cat Sunflower was simplified and the 40-second jam at the end discarded; Doin’ That Rag was missing the vocal outro they did live; Cosmic Charlie was quieter, with drums much reduced and TC’s organ almost inaudible; What’s Become of the Baby was stripped of almost all the bizarre electronic effects that had made the original version at all interesting, and turned into a long bore. (The feedback-drenched 4/26/69 version is probably the ideal for what this song should have sounded like.)

I agree that Garcia was trying to turn it into more of a 1971-style Dead album, making it more clean & professional-sounding. I just happen to think a lot of the charm of the album is in the more 'live,' accidental feeling of the original mix.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 5, 2013 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Aoxomoxoa - Original mix - Where ?

I guess my ideal version would have been a slightly more "rational" version (...ugh what a word to use with the Grateful Dead), but not as extremely pruned back as the 71 mix, which is, as you pointed out, a little lacking in life . I know...a MARTIX ! ha ha ha...